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Legend Making Legends: Regina King Follows In Marla Gibbs’ Footsteps By Uplifting Women In Film

by Black America Web

In honor of Black History Month, we continue to celebrate the legends who birthed the next generation of legends. Beloved actress and living legend Marla Gibbs received her flowers earlier this week, and she made way for some of Hollywood’s biggest entertainers like the wildly talented Regina King. See how King is making a way for others inside.

King is a brilliant performer, who in recent years began sharing her talents behind the camera as a director and producer. The star’s career began on Gibbs’ hit 1985 television show “227.” Gibbs is credited for giving a young 14-year-old King her start.

“That’s my baby,” Gibbs reflects on her relationship with the actress in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “She was my daughter in a play called The Little Girl Down the Street Gave Me the Blues. When we were auditioning for [the role of my daughter in] “227,” I said, ‘I want Regina.’”

Though it wasn’t easy to put young actors in position during that time, Gibbs says she remained resilient.

“I had to fight like hell, but they finally gave in,” Gibbs adds.

Gibbs’ series was the start King needed to hit the ground running. The gifted actress first gained national attention for portraying Gibbs’ daughter Brenda Jenkins on “227” from 1985 to 1990.

She went on land a role in John Singelton’s cult classic 1991 film Boyz n the Hood. She later co-starred in Enemy of the State as Will Smith’s character’s wife. Other notable roles included cult classic 1995 film Friday, the hit animated series “The Boondocks,” where she portrayed both brothers Huey and Riley from 2005 to 2014.

Now, the award-winning performer has racked in several accolades including her memorable 2019 Golden Globe Award win for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture’ in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.

King gave a moving speech saying that she would hire more women…

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